This year’s iPhones are better, like they are every year, incrementally so, year-on-year. There’s all kinds of comment available on the new iPhones, so where you really stand depends on your circumstances and relative knowledge.
My iPhone 8 is as fast and usable as it was on day one with 83% battery capacity reported by Battery Health giving me Peak Performance Capability which is acceptable two years down the line. The phone isn’t slow, on the contrary, it’s pretty zippy.
The most interesting new iPhone is iPhone 11 (eleven or XI) and looks lovely in white. All the other iPhone 11 colors are lovelier this year (oh the XR!). They have a freshness of air about them. In terms of new features I love the idea of a Slofie and it’s going to be absolute fun. The new dual‑camera system is superb and the main reason for anyone wanting to upgrade. Pro chip, excellent. ‘Just the right amount of everything.’ It is.
The overall iPhone 11 design reminds me of the 3GS, its smooth back cover and intense integrated feel. This isn’t 4, 4S, 5 or 5S territory, it’s a bit of 3GS, 5C, 8 and whole lot of XR. The 11’s back glass with its camera bump is one piece of glass. One piece of glass as in ‘milled from a single sheet of glass’. Incredible.
Then there are Pro models. ‘Pro’ definitely aims at Pro photography and not Pro photographers as such. Pro videographers to some degree. If that’s true, its a phone I really don’t need. I’m not the typical photography guy. I take a couple photos here and there and I’m not shooting anything wild in the range of 4K video. So it’s not for me at all if it’s a shooter aimed at photography. Which it is.
In terms of design the Pros are absolutely 4, 4S, 5 and 5S territory in an X inspired body – dark, distant, dangerous. Simply classy in Midnight Green and Space Gray.
I’m dying to comment on the Pro and Pro Max naming scheme, but I digress, this post celebrates new iPhones, let’s keep it to that.
The only real reason why I need a new iPhone is my eyes strain a little using the smaller screen on my iPhone 8. There are many reasons why I may want a new iPhone, but let’s just not go there.
Price seems right this year for all new iPhones, considering today’s models deliver exceptional new features. The new iPhone 11 is priced at AED 2,949 VAT inclusive at Apple UAE for the 64 GB model. Pro models are cheaper than their predecessors at launch. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XR are priced lower too.
So new iPhones … life moves on.
PS: You can pre-order your new iPhone in the United Arab Emirates at https://www.apple.com/ae/iphone/ from 4:00 p.m. onwards today (13/09), delivers from 20/09 or thereabouts.